Slow Cooker Almond Butter Chicken

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I’m SUPER excited to share this almond butter chicken recipe with you guys! I’ve made this a few different times when we’ve had guests over for dinner, and it’s always been a hit! Best part is that it is packed with nutrition!

Not only is this meal loaded with a plethora of veggies, but the sauce contains almond butter, which means it contains almond, which means it contains all the health benefits of almonds!

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Another bonus is that it is a slow cooker recipe, so it’s REALLY easy to make! I always pair it with some wild rice cooked in coconut aminos and olive oil. It goes perfectly with this dish, and provides a healthy kick of carbs without any gluten!

SLOW COOKER ALMOND BUTTER CHICKEN WITH WILD RICE

Ingredients: (makes 4 – 6 servings)

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups snap peas, ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar peas, ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups green beans
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup almond butter (you can use chunky or smooth)
  • 1 1/4 cups full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cumin (to taste)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder

For the Wild Rice:

  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos

Directions:

1.) In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce, except the arrowroot powder. Stir until smooth and completely combined. Set aside 1/4 cup of the sauce.

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2.) Brush the bottom of the slow cooker with olive oil. Add the chicken, followed by the veggies, and then pour the sauce (minus the 1/4 cup that you set aside) over the top. Cook on low for 4 – 6 hours.

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3.) When there is 30 to 60 minutes left of cooking time, mix the arrowroot powder with the 1/4 cup sauce that you set aside, make sure that it is combined completely, and there are no chunks of arrowroot. Add to the slow cooker, and stir up the chicken and veggies. Cook for the remaining time.

4.) While the chicken and veggies are cooking for the remaining time, prepare your rice. Place all of the ingredients for the rice in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover, and let cook for 30 – 40 minutes, depending on how tender or firm you like your rice. Once it is done, and all of the liquid is absorbed in the rice, prepare your plates with the almond butter chicken sided with the wild rice. Season with sea salt and pepper, if desired.

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Yes! It tastes as good as it looks! Delicious! Enjoy! 🙂

 

Banana Oatmeal Bread Bake

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I LOVE this banana oatmeal bread bake!  I made this for breakfast the other day, and I am now hooked!  Topped with a dollop of almond butter, this makes for a nutritious and filling breakfast, and it’s a nice twist on the normal bowl of oatmeal!  I actually got the idea from the following pin for a oatmeal banana smoothie.

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I was craving this flavor, but didn’t feel like a smoothie, so I improvised and came up with a baked form of this that is AMAZING!  This is really easy to throw together, and is incredibly good for you!  That along with the awesome taste of this makes this a major win for breakfast.

BANANA OATMEAL BREAD BAKE

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil for greasing the pan
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Almond butter for topping (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a bread pan with coconut oil.  Line the pan with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over the edges (this will allow for easy removal of the oatmeal bake from the pan).  Grease the parchment paper as well.

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2.) In a large mixing bowl, mash your bananas.  Add your almond milk, egg, vanilla and honey.  Mix well.

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3.) Add in the oats, baking powder, and baking soda.  Mix well, then poor the mixture into the prepared bread pan.

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4.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes, depending on how soft you want your center.

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5.) Spoon out of the pan, or use the paper to pull out and place on plate then spoon out servings.  Top with a dollop of almond butter, if desired.

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YU-UM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Almond Yogurt Fruit Dip

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This fruit dip is now center stage in my dreams, because it’s that good!  I’m not even kidding, guys!  I threw this together the other day when I wanted something to dip my green apple in.  It only has 4 ingredients, and all you have to do is throw them together and stir – SO easy, right?  The two main ingredients are almond butter and plain greek yogurt, so there’s plenty of protein in there, and the two following pins list some of the other health benefits of these two awesome power foods!

PLAIN GREEK YOGURT

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ALMOND BUTTER

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As you can see, plenty of health benefits come from the ingredients in this dip!  That, along with the fact that it’s incredibly tasty make it an awesome companion for the fruit of your choice.  In full disclosure, I also eat it by the spoonful because it tasted like almond butter pie filling…seriously, it really is THAT GOOD!

HEALTHY ALMOND YOGURT FRUIT DIP

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp.  alcohol free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste

Directions

1.) Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir.  Start by adding a small amount of stevia, then taste and add more if desired.

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2.) Dip your favorite fruit in and snack away!

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YU-UM!  Enjoy! 🙂